Colonel Robert E. Lee is offered the opportunity to lead the Union army and the position of Major General. He respectfully declines because his home, Virginia, is considering a secession from the Union, and he feels he has no greater duty than to serve his home.
Tora Jane had planted herself in the favor of Karakoram aristocrats through lots of favors and heavy corruption. Those in the empire capital supported the secession of her son Guyuk however for him to become Great Khan all Khans must attend the Kurultai. Batu of the golden horde refused to attend claiming illness. This started the early steps of the fall of the mongols